I am an accredited, integrative therapeutic counsellor.
I find that working in this way gives uniqueness with each client, connecting in a way that is best suited to them as an individual.
I have extensive experience, working with a variety of clients of all ages.
This is an approach that brings together different strands of specific therapies, acknowledging that at times, there is no single approach that can support each client in all situations. When working on changing patterns or cycles of behaviour I may use a CBT approach.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY [CBT]
CBT focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life – your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes) – and how these impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems. It then looks at how you can change any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel.
” Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks. “
Why work with me
I offer counselling support to individuals, couples, children, young people and families, assessing each person’s situation, offering a calm, non-judgemental and confidential environment.
In my work with children I am aware of building a safe, trusting environment, as at times they may be lacking in confidence, experiencing anxiety or are having difficulties in relationships. I have worked in supporting children and young people through bereavement, with death, endings, loss, divorce and separation.
I have worked with children and young people in various settings- nurseries, schools, and colleges and in their own homes, working with other presenting issues for example, self-esteem, self-harm and relationships. During my sessions I may use various techniques to build the relationships with a child, and this can include play and creativity, allowing them to express themselves in other ways, when words are hard to find.
My sessions will always go at the client’s pace, and recognise that this may be a new experience for some, with the uniqueness of having a space to be ‘heard’ and listened to. I have a flexible, calm approach, respecting how difficult it may have been to have made contact for support.
Through exploring what may be taking place in a client’s life at that time, awareness and changes begin to take place, which can empowering for a client.
I started my career path as a nursery nurse on a maternity unit, supporting mothers with the care of their babies and in later years, having gained my qualified as a counsellor, managed the counselling service at Poole Maternity Unit. In this role I also supported S.P.R.I.N.G [Supporting Parents and Relatives In Neonatal Grief].
I have worked as a pupil and family support worked in a primary school, a sessional worked with children in care and owned and managed a residential care home for 25 years. It was at this time when I recognised the support I was giving to residents, their families and staff and decided to gain a formal qualification, to assist communication and to be able to offer a therapeutic space
Over recent years, I have worked at a hospice, supporting patients and their families, through pre-bereavement, at end of life, and post bereavement, working with many types of grief.
“Following the loss of their mother, the child support offered by you to my two young children was critical in them dealing with their loss. They are progressing well and I will be forever grateful”
‘’The support that my children and I have received during my husband’s illness and subsequent death has been amazing. To be able to call on someone who understands the situation, has taken the trouble to get to know us and always has some excellent advice and offers support and encouragement and reassurance. All this has helped us through the last years, very difficult times and continues to help us through more challenging and difficult time’s ahead’’.
‘’Jo is amazing. She gets to know the child really well”.
‘’Since I lost my wife, I have been able to attend sessions, feeling the calm, peaceful and caring environment that Jo created for me.”
” When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary .”
Areas of Counselling I can provide
Child Related Issues
Separation & Divorce
Life Limiting Illnesses
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD)
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Supervision
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling